Family Programs

Family Programs

The City of St. John's thinks families are fantastic and provides a variety of opportunities for different types of families. Some of the programs you must pre-register and others are drop in. Many of our family activities are special events, where families of all ages can spend time 'playing' and being active together
Family Scavenger Hunt
Sunday FUNday
Healthy Communities Awareness Sessions
Healthy Families
Active Start Pop Ups
Special Events
Family Swims
Family & Friends Learn To Knit
Family & Friends Sit and Knit
National Child Week
National Family Week
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Family Scavenger Hunt

Did you ever wonder how many animals were on the Peter Pan statue or how old the swimming pool is in Bowring Park? Join us at the Bungalow in historic Bowring Park to start your reserch and learn some interesting facts about the park. For families of all ages and abilities! Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is weather dependent.

June 3, 2018
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Bowring Park, meet on the Bungalow lawn


Sunday FUNday  (Drop In Program)
A fun filled family afternoon with games and activities for family members of all abilities from tot to grandparent. Recreation staff will be on site to encourage FUNdamental movement skills and physical literacy through active free play.

January 14 to May 27, 2018
1 to 2:30 p.m
Paul Reynolds Community Centre
Ages:  All ages
Cost:  $3 per child (parents and children under age 2 free)

Healthy Communities Awareness Sessions

Sessions to discuss the importance of health and well being for ages 16+.  Registration is required but the session is FREE.

Course & Code Day      Date        Time Location
Sleeping for Wellness
W Apr 11 6:30 to 8 p.m PRCC
Mindfullness & Yoga for Wellness
W Apr 25 6:30 to 8 p.m PRCC
Healthy Families
W May 16 6:30 to 8 p.m PRCC
Healthy Eating

W May 30 6:30 to 8 p.m PRCC

Healthy Families
Healthy communities start with healthy families. The topic and discussion will appeal to adults and teens, while children engage in active play led by our HIGH FIVEⓇ certified leaders.  Check back for upcoming sessions.

Course & Code                  Age        Day            Dates                      Time                  Location Cost                
Family Archery
6+ Tu & Th Apr 17 to 26 6:30 to 8 p.m PRCC $60 Per family, up to 4 people
Scavenger Hunt All Ages Su June 3 2 to 3:30 p.m Bowring Park FREE

Active Start Pop Ups

Get outside and MOVE IT with the whole family! City staff will be on site to get your moving with a number of FUN activities for everyone in the family regardless of age or ability.

Date Day Time Location
July 14 Saturday 1:30 to 3 p.m. Bowring Park
July 28 Saturday 1:30 to 3 p.m. Bannerman Park
August 11 Saturday 1:30 to 3 p.m. Bowring Park
August 25 Saturday 1:30 to 3 p.m. Bannerman Park

Special Events

There are a number of Family and Special Events offered by the City of St. John's, click here for more information.

Family Swims

Please see the City pools Swim Schedule.

Family & Friends Learn To Knit    

Family and friends can spend quality time together while learning to knit (6 weeks sessions). Children 10 to 13 must register and be accompained by an adult.  Check back for upcoming sessions.

Family & Friends Sit and Knit      (Drop In Program)

Get together to knit, share ideas, patterns, and chat with your family and friends. Children ages 10-13 years must be accompanied by an adult. Bring along your current knitting projects and anything you wish to share to our monthly drop in sessions. Check back for upcoming sessions.


National Child Week Activities:  'Celebrate Kids!'

The City of St. John's Division of Recreation recognizes National Child Day and celebrates the rights of children each November with activities for children and their families.

National Family Week
National Family Week provides an opportunity to celebrate families and reflect on their importance in our lives.
The City of St. John's celebrates each year with a variety of activities for families of all ages and abilities!

Related Links

Participaction - Make Room For Play



Have an idea for a family program or for more information, please email or call 709-576-8388.